Meet our Counselors

Elizabeth Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Elizabeth Onyejekwe, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Onyejekwe is a Board Certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia with prescriptive authority. She is trained in psychiatry across the lifespan, and has 7 years of experience in working with adults aged 18 years and above, with behavioral and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor in Nursing Science at Grand Canyon University and Masters in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Walden University. Elizabeth provides medication management and counseling to mental health clients. With more than two decades of experience in patient care, Elizabeth applies evidence-based practice in psychiatric medication management to ensure that each of her clients receive excellent treatment for the best possible outcome. She treats her clients with compassion, dignity, and respect, and enjoys helping them to become the best version of themselves. Elizabeth cares about your overall well-being. She seeks to build rapport and collaborate with you in managing your medications, so that you are empowered to live the life you desire, to the fullest. She has a flexible schedule to accommodate each individual, unique needs. She is a member of ANA, APNA and Sigma Theta Tau Society.

Education

Walden University
MSN, PMHNP

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD
  • ADHD

Megan Mayton, Supervisee in Social Work

Megan enjoys working with youth and adults, as she is passionate about helping people with a variety of mental health challenges. She views therapy from a holistic perspective and aims to help each person with their own unique needs. Megan utilizes cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches to help clients work through their struggles, develop effective coping and communications skills, gain a new perspective, and promote change. She also incorporates mindfulness-based activities to help clients achieve a healthy mind-body connection. Her favorite motto is, “We can grow through what we go through.”

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Neuroscience from Longwood University. She also completed a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Megan is currently working toward obtaining licensure in the state of Virginia.

As she is very passionate about animals, Megan spends much of her free time with her two dogs. When she’s not with her pets, she loves unwinding in the mountains or at the beach.

Megan can assist children and adults with:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger problems
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
Stephanie Valeri
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

Stephanie Valeri, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie has spent over 12 years as a nurse emphasizing the importance of therapeutic communication, empathy, and patient education. She understands that she is not just treating symptoms, but a person with a past, present, and future. She feels in helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; they can make the best treatment decisions for themselves. She believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship where there is open communication and time for questions so the patient feels comfortable when they leave the appointment with their plan of care, and understands the next steps if this plan is not effective. 

Stephanie believes a therapeutic relationship is the foundation of a strong treatment plan. In this line of thinking she takes the time to listen and understand the patient's history so that she can understand not just where they are now, but how they got here. She then works to help her patients meet their own goals for their future through medication management and therapeutic techniques.

Stephanie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). She received her bachelor's in Psychology from Virginia Tech and then her Associate's Degree in Nursing. She has returned to her love of behavioral health and received a Master's of Nursing from Gonzaga University. Stephanie has spent her time as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focusing on treatment of multiple disorders including (but not limited to): 

Education

Virginia Tech
Gonzaga University

Specialties

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar I and II
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation
  • And substance use disorders

Jason Pryor, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Jason Pryor is a Resident in Professional Counseling and holds a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University. He has worked in the community for the past five years assisting clients in both mental health skill-building and crisis stabilization programs. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC). 

Jason is dedicated to helping his clients identify their potential, and opportunities for positive change. He helps clients attain their counseling goals through cognitive behavioral therapy principles, with a person-centered approach. Areas in which Jason can be of assistance include: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Family issues
  • Substance use
  • Personal growth
  • Mindfulness

Matt Shenker, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Matt holds an M.Ed in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked in the community for over three years as an elementary school counselor.

Matt is a mindfulness-based & values-driven counselor. He has training in Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Grief & Grieving, and Restorative Justice. He works with children, adolescents, and adults specializing in anxiety, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), trauma, depression, and behavioral concerns. Matt uses an integrative client-centered approach which includes Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Hip Hop & Spoken Word Therapy (HHSWT), & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

  • Mindfulness
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oppositional and Conduct disorders
  • Trauma recovery
  • Stress Management
  • Parental Stress
  • Family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Personal growth & values-clarification

Johnathan Crawford, LPC

Johnathan Crawford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over six years of experience providing counseling services to adults and children with a wide array of behavioral health disorders. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and a Master’s of Science in College and Community Counseling, both from Longwood University. Johnathan has worked in community behavioral health since 2009 – first as a case manager, then a therapist, and most recently, providing clinical supervision to counselors working toward licensure.

Johnathan uses a person-centered, recovery oriented approach to help individuals achieve their self-identified goals. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is a certified Trauma-focused CBT provider for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

In his free time, Johnathan enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his partner and their three dogs.
Johnathan can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use disorders
  • Trauma recovery
  • Recovery from persistent mental illness
  • Oppositional and Conduct disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Chronic suicidality
  • Self-harm behaviors

Jeysell Vidal-Lamb, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Jeysell Vidal-Lamb enjoys helping individuals find strength and peace by gaining self-awareness amidst the chaos of life. This will not be easy, but when working together in a judgement-free zone, anything can be accomplished.

She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She uses Person-centered techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy to help individuals achieve their goals while also identifying the best coping skills for them. Coming from a military family, she understands the importance of family and healthy relationships.

Jeysell is a Resident in Professional Counseling. She holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is bilingual - fluent in Spanish.

Jeysell can help with…

  • Self awareness
  • Personal growth
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • And much more

Craig Coles, CLC, Performance Life Coach

Craig Coles started his coaching journey in 2004 as a Strength & Conditioning Sports Performance Coach. His clientele included NFL, MLB, and UFC athletes as well as military, youth, college athletes, and CEO’s. Over the years, Craig realized his passion and purpose is inspiring and motivating individuals, groups, and teams to push through adversity and overcome obstacles. His success with clients led to many speaking engagements at various schools and organizations. Craig became obsessed with learning about human behaviors in order to help his clients gain maximum results. He incorporated his new knowledge so that it became an essential part of his training program. This transformed his career as a sought after Performance and Life Coach.

You could say Craig’s journey started 25 years ago when he has diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. He believes he was able to beat the odds, defy the doctor’s prognosis, and overcome cancer by shifting his mindset. Craig believes we utilize our minds, thoughts, and decisions to create our reality.

He is experienced particularly with young adults with social struggles, stress, lack of motivation, and those who may be struggling to find direction as a young adult, or as they approach adulthood.
Craig’s approach involves working closely with each client to identify their desires, values, and beliefs. Then he works with his clients to determine what might be holding them back from accomplishing goals, or overcoming an obstacle. He collaborates with his clients to decide where the client wants to focus their passion and helps the client develop the motivation and confidence to accomplish related goals. He believes it is important to identify each individual’s strengths and abilities and then apply practical, individualized solutions for accomplishing goals. Craig will help you create the life you want and to become relentless in pursuing results.  With Craig, you will be guided to focus on the objective, not the object.

Craig can help with:

  • Accountability and goal setting
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Performance Coaching
  • Nutritional Coaching
  • Weight Loss Coaching

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